Semana Santa holiday marred by 25 violent deaths, Cruz Roja says

Semana Santa ended at midnight and all but the very lucky are expected to be back to work today.

The Cruz Roja reported 25 violent deaths for the week as of 3:30 p.m. Sunday. There were 53 water rescues off beaches and in rivers, the emergency agency said. There also were seven water deaths.

Police said that over the week officers detained 1,225 persons, 363 of them on drug charges. In addition 223 were held as illegal immigrants and 69 persons were captured in the act of committing a crime, officers said.

Juan José Andrade Morale, director general of the Fuerza Pública, is expected to give a more detailed report today. His officers were aggressive during the week patrolling bus stations and tourist locations. More than 37,000 persons were stopped and asked for their papers, police said.

Among the vehicle deaths were that of a man and a six-month baby in  Abangares Friday night. They died when the car in which they were riding hit a tree shortly before midnight. Others were injured.

A man on a motorcycle died in Barrio Canadá, Ciudad Cortes, when he lost control and hit a drainage system early Saturday. The man was not wearing a helmet, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

A man died in Clínica Marcial Fallas in Desamparados. Saturday after he was gunned down in the Los Guido section while talking with friends. Two men on a motorcycle drove up and one fired the fatal bullets, said judicial investigators.

In a similar case in Pavas a man was wounded fatally about 8:15 p.m. Saturday. He died in Hospital San Juan de Dios.

Traffic police reported that the flow from vacation spots into the Central Valley was normal Sunday. Visitors to the Nicoya Peninsula reported long waits for the gulf ferry and for buses on the east bank of the gulf.

The weekend was one of processions. From the Catedral Metropolitana to the smallest rural church, the faithful took to the streets, sometimes in the daylight and also in the evening. There were Roman soldiers, apostles and others playing the part of New Testament characters.

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